L'Elisir d'Amore (Wiener Staatsoper)

L'Elisir d'Amore (Wiener Staatsoper)

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Alfred Eschwé Musical Direction/Supervision

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L'Elisir d'Amore (Wiener Staatsoper) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donizetti's enchanting comedy 'L'Elisir d'Amore' has rarely been performed with such panache and sense of fun as this beautiful evening captured during a live performance of the Otto Schenk/Jürgen Roseat production at the Vienna Staatsoper on this sparkling DVD. Conductor Alfred Eschwé enjoys every minute of this bubbling score and the orchestra is especially sensitive to his subtle demands. The raison d'etre for creating this live recording is obviously the inimitable harmony of the leads Rolando Villazón as Nemorino and Anna Netrebko as Adina. These two handsome and talented singer/actors share a magnetism that is gracing the opera houses around the world and having seen them before only in dramatic roles on stage, it is rewarding to find they both share a flair for comedy, not only in their interaction with each other but also in their total professionalism of sharing the sense of ensemble. They are a dream match. It is difficult to imagine a more tenderly sung 'Una furtiva lacrima' (and here the audience obviously agrees, demanding an encore!) than Villazón offers. But that is one of the highlights everyone expects. It is the manner of delivery of the entire opera that makes the Villazón/Netrebko duo work such magic. They are ably supported by the Dulcamara of Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and the Sergeant Belcore of the dependable Leo Nucci. Sets, costumes, acting, orchestral timbre and of course gorgeous singing make this an opera DVD well worth owning. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have so few quibbles with this production. The music is splendidly rendered from all camps, in the pit and on stage. For a while I wondered if Mr. Villazon hadn't modeled his performance of the lovesick simpleton Nemorino on Rowan Atkinson's Mr. Bean. Netrebko struck me as too cruelly condescending toward Nemorino at first. And veteran Leo Nucci seemed an odd fit for the young sergeant Belcore when here was the more youthful looking Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, with his temples whitened to make him appear older, singing the role of snake oil pedlar Dulcamara. By the 2nd act, however, the whole of these performances was proving so much more than a mere sum of individual parts. There are numerous performances of this opera available on video now. I've enjoyed both Pavarotti did at the Met with Blegen and Battle as his Adinas, as well as the version sung by the lovebirds Alagna and Georghiu in the lead roles for Lyons Opera. But best by far are Netrebko and Villazon who capture the joys and aches of this improbable pair of young lovers as none have before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago